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Full text of "Mathura A District Memoir"

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pods, each pair cohering liglitly at the tip. There is also an abundance of a
gciaggy shrob called Ganger, a species of Grewia (?) and a creeper with white
sweet-scented flowers which may be the zedoary. Its native name is nirlf^
ID the small belt of jungle, which environs the hill, may also be found almost
every variety of the curioos inedible fruits for which Braj is noted, rizt) the
karil, pil% pasendnr hingotj barna, and aajan-rtikh. A little beyond the neigh-
bouring town of Kauaar, just across the Gurgaon border, is a vejry similar ridge
called the Bicb-or Mi!3 from a large Tillage of that name.
DOT&TA, population 1,185, is a Muhammadan village OB the high road
between Kost aad Ghh&ia with a number of old buildings which are sure to attract
the traveller's attention. There are seven large tombs dating from tie time of
Shahjah&n and Aarangzeb if not earlier (there are no inscriptions) three
mosques of the same period, erected respectively by Inayat-ulkh Khan,
Kazi Haidar Kliaa and Ruh-ullah Khan; a modern mosque founded by Abd-ol
Barkatj and four small gardens.
A masonry tank, which covers an area of 12 bfghas and is in good
repair j though dry for the greater part of the year, is said to have been
constructed by the Tillage founder Kabir-ud-din AnIIya, One of his most
illustrious descendants was Sadnllah EMu, from whom the town of Sadabad
derives its name^ the minister of Shahjahan, in whose reign Dots-na is said to
have been a large town. Sheraagsir originally belonged to the same family5 and
three members of it are commemorated by the three Pattis, called respectively
Lalj Bah-tdlah and Maiak, A distributary of the canal runs within a few
yards of the tank, wbick might easily be filled from it. Near it is the tomb of
Kudus and Anwar? two of the village patriarchs.
Macy of the large brick houses in the village are in a most rninous condi-
tionj and the zaminilars are now in poor circumstances. In the mutiny £hey
joined the rebels in plundering the Kosi Tahsiii, and part of their estate was
confiscated and bestowed on Kunvar Sham Prasad^ a Kashmiri, formerly
Talisildar of Maha-ban, who has transferred it to Ms sister^ Mahardni The
name Botina is thought to be derived from Daaton, a tooth-brush, and if so
is rather suggestive of Buddhist legends. The place is mentioned by Bishop
Heber in Ms Journal, who writes: u Jairamry 7th? 1825.—Traversed a wild but
more -woody country to Botana. Here I saw the first instance of a custom
wbicli I ana told I shall see a good deal of in my southern journey, a number
of women, about a dozerij T&'ho came with pitchers on their heads, dancing and
sk'g^g to meet me. There is, if I recollect right, an account of this sort of dance